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Morning News Thursday 8th June 2017

Local

London Attack -The French President Emmanuel Macron has confirmed that a third citizen has died in the London attack. The announcement was made on Wednesday, after police searching for a missing Frenchman found a body in the River Thames. Xavier Thomas, a 45-year-old had been missing since Saturday. Thomas, was visiting London for the weekend with his girlfriend. Police said that "Formal identification has not yet taken place, however Mr. Thomas' next of kin have been informed of this development.” If the body is identified as his, he would be an eighth victim.

French Elections- According to a recent survey French President Emmanuel Macron’s political party “La Republique en Marche” looks set to win an absolute majority in the Assembly on 18 June, during the second round of the French elections, with 360 out of 577 members. Figures show an overall success throughout France’s regions except in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region where polls predict that the National Front will take 30% of the votes ahead of “La Republique en Marche” which would receive 27%

Traffic Chaos - A burning car in a tunnel led to the closure of the A8 motorway between Nice l’Ariane and Monaco on Wednesday evening. Motorists suffered traffic chaos with tailbacks of 10km and more to Cagnes-sur-mer. The Road safety organisation  reported to police that several motorists were filmed doing u-turn’s at  Nice Nord, underlining the extreme danger of such behavior.  

Trial - The trail of the municipal  police officer Sandra Bertin has been postponed. Bertin the head of the municipal police in Nice appeared before judges on Wednesday and is accused of defamation by the French Minister of Interior Bernard Cazeneuve following the Nice terror attack. The trial which was supposed to last two days will resume on the 16th June.

Fire - Over  forty firefighters have been tackling a forest fire near Ramatuelle in the Var. The fire broke out just after lunchtime on Wednesday and spread to over 5,000 square metres. Four Canadair water bombers were at the scene with several villas under threat. The blaze has since been brought under control. Meanwhile residents in Cimiez in Nice alerted firefighters on Wednesday after witnesses saw smoke coming from a garden shed located close to the Regina building on the Avenue des Arènes. Firefighters rapidly intervened- the cause of the blaze is not yet known.  

Palme d’Or - The winner of the Palme d'Or in 2013 Abdellatif Kechiche for his film La vie d'Adèle, has announced he is planning to sell his  award in order to finance his new film. Speaking to the local press, the director said that due to financial difficulties to complete his last film he has decided to put on sale a certain number of objects related to his films including the Palme d’Or.

National

Concert - US singer Ariana Grande resumed her world tour in Paris on Wednesday, more than two weeks after it was interrupted by the Manchester suicide bomb attack. Security was extra tight in the French capital, a day after police shot and injured a man who attacked an officer outside Notre Dame Cathedral. Roads were blocked off around the concert venue in the east of Paris while police helped security guards to check fans as they arrived for the show.

Painting - A 1962 painting with a generic title by 97 year-old artist Pierre Soulages has been sold at an auction in France this week for more than six million euros. The painting, reached more than double its estimate of between two and three millions euros. Soulages, from Rodez in the central France, had said last year that he would stop using black in his paintings because it was depressing.

Business

Asian markets have been nervous this morning ahead of what’s been dubbed ‘Triple Threat Thursday’ with the UK general election,testimony to the US Senate by former FBI Director James Comey and the policy meeting at the European Central Bank all taking centre stage. The final opinion polls in the UK ahead of the election suggest that the ruling Conservative Party of Prime Minister Theresa May will secure an outright majority with the Tories being given a lead of between 6 and 12 points over Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. The pound rose against the dollar on the news with investors increasingly taking the line that the Conservatives will win the election. Meanwhile the euro weakened against the dollar on Wednesday in choppy trading ahead of the European Central Bank’s policy meeting with reports suggesting that the bank is preparing to lower its annual inflation forecast for the next three years to 1.5 percent from 1.7 percent. The euro pared losses later in the day after a Reuters report said that the ECB is likely to nudge up its forecasts for economic growth in the eurozone despite lowering inflation estimates.

In Washington,proceedings are set to be dominated by former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to the Senate. On Wednesday,written testimony by Mr Comey saw him accuse President Trump of attempting to get him to “water down” the FBI probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential Election. Analysts’ say that Mr Comey’s testimony is being seen as less impactful than was first feared but that capital market reactions will only happen once he’s actually appeared before the Senate today.

The Spanish bank Banco Popular has been rescued by its larger rival Santander for one euro. Santander will have to shell out 7 billion euros for the rescue-far more than the 5 billion euros that analysts’ had expected. Banco Popular had been described by the European Central Bank as “failing or likely to fail” due to its dwindling cash reserves.

And-Crude futures have edged higher in Asian trading this morning following heavy losses on Wednesday after official data showed that US inventories rose for the first time in 10 weeks,raising concerns of a supply glut. Brent crude was up by 0.6 percent to 48 dollars 35 with US crude futures up by half a percent to 45 dollars 96. Analysts say that markets are holding the line nervously near low levels with the situation being complicated by today’s Triple Threat Thursday political and economic events.


Sport

Tennis-Andy Murray is through to the semi-finals of the French Open for the 4th consecutive year after beating Kei Nishikori in 4 sets at Roland Garros on Wednesday. Murray made a shaky start and lost the first set 6-2 before coming back to win the match 2-6 6-1 7-6 6-1.He’ll now play the third seed Stan Wawrinka in the last 4.He beat Marin Cilic in straight sets. Meanwhile Novak Djokovic’s problems continue.The former world number one was beaten in straight sets by Dominic Thiem with the Austrian now going on to meet Rafael Nadal in the last 4. In the women’s event the third seed Simona Halep came from a set down to beat Elina Svitolina in three sets and move into the semi finals.Halep now plays Karolina Pliskova who beat Caroline Garcia of France. The other semi is between the unseeded Latvian teenager Jelena Ostapenko and Timea Bacsinzky.

Cricket-Pakistan shocked South Africa with a 19 run victory under the Duckworth Lewis Method in Group B of the ICC Champions Trophy at Edgebaston on Wednesday. South Africa made 219-8 from their 50 overs. In reply,Pakistan were on 119-3 after 27 overs when the rain arrived but it was enough to give them the win and means that South Africa may need to beat India to stay in the tournament. India play Sri Lanka in Group B at the Oval today.Play is due to start at 11.30 French time this morning.

Formula 1-The executive director of McLaren has said that the team has “serious doubts”over whether they can win the world championship with engine manufacturer Honda. Zak Brown says that engine upgrades promised for this weekend in Canada have not arrived and the team is “near our limit”. Mclaren are yet to score a single point in this season’s world championship.Mr Brown says that “Honda is working hard,but they seem a bit lost”.

Rugby Union-The Lions coach Warren Gatland has said that New Zealand Super Rugby sides are as “good as the All Blacks” and there won’t be a lot of difference between some of the sides they face and the All Black team in the Test series. The Lions were beaten 22-16 by the Blues in their second tour match in Auckland on Wednesday and next face the mighty Crusaders on Saturday. Gatland says he’s confident that the Lions will keep on improving ahead of the first Test against the All Blacks in Auckland on June the 24th.

Sailing-Wednesday’s semi-final races in the America’s Cup in Bermuda were postponed because of high winds. New Zealand still lead Great Britain 3-1 with Japan leading Sweden 3-1 in the other tie.

Weather

Clear skies with light variable winds.

Top temperature 26 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 18 degrees on the coast and 14 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Hazy sunshine tomorrow with a high of 25 degrees on the coast and 28 degrees inland.Clear skies on Saturday with highs of 25-30 degrees.

Finally 

A diamond ring which was purchased at a car boot sale for £10 under the assumption it was fake has fetched more than £650,000 at auction.

The cushion-shaped jewel was expected to be sold for £350,000 when it went under the hammer at Sotheby's in London, but in the end was snapped up for close to twice that amount at £656,750.

Named the 'Tenner' diamond, the ring was originally purchased in the 1980s from a car boot sale.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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